Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Lights in San Angelo

This past Friday night, Donna and I decided to go out and view Christmas lights in San Angelo. We really had a good time.

We began our evening at one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants, Mejor Que Nada on South Bryant. On Friday nights, a local mariachi band strolls from room to room in the restaurant, playing traditional tunes. The food was good and plentiful, and we left the place stuffed and contented.

We took the local Christmas light tour, which begins at 1st and Abe at the northwestern edge of the downtown area. The first part of the tour is on River Drive, which parallels the North Concho River from near Central High School to Irving Street. Lights were placed along the roadway as well as across the river on the south bank. It was interesting to see the reflections of the light in the water of the river. One feature I especially enjoyed was the 12 days of Christmas theme, with displays depicting presents given on each of the 12 days of Christmas. There was also a tunnel of lights in the area near the golf course. The tour is coordinated with local radio station 95.7, so you can listen to traditional Christmas songs as you drive along.

After the section along the river, the tour detours through the southern edge of downtown along historic Concho Avenue. All the store fronts are lit up, and all the trees along the street are decorated. The tour then turns south on South Oakes, crosses the river, and detours through the area occupied by the Farmers Market across from Fort Concho, where a living nativity scene was in place as well as numerous lights.

We also drove through part of Santa Rita (Paseo de Vaca), where local residents had decorated both their yards and the common areas.

I'm sure there are other areas of the city that have wonderful decorations, but this was enough for us for one night.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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